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Black Diamond Vario Speed Harness


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    12 Reviews


    On belay.

    The Black Diamond Vario Speed Harness' one-size-fits-all design allows your entire family or a whole climbing class to use it. A favorite of guides and climbing instructors, this Black Diamond harness includes fully adjustable waist and leg loops equipped with speed buckles for minimal hassle and increased safety. The pre-threaded buckles on the Vario Speed Harness eliminate the need to double back, so a beginning climber will never be in danger of forgetting. Black Diamond designed this harness with a single, durable tie-in point so you never look down to see your friend tied in incorrectly.

    • Beginner-friendly harness fits just about anyone
    • Adjustable leg loops can be cinched tight for a secure fit
    • Pre-threaded buckles eliminate the need to double back
    • Item #BLD1129

    Tech Specs

    Adjustable Leg Loops
    Recommended Use
    sport climbing
    Manufacturer Warranty
    1 year

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    Adequate for the job.

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    i keep this as a backup, or if anyone doesnt have a harness. im 6'2 and it doesnt fit super well. i think its built for a much shorter person. but it gets the job done.

    Not well designed, but adequate

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I like and trust 99% of BD products. I like this harness because it's a one-size fits all, has cool colors and is secure, but this is NOT a well designed, comfortable harness. The leg loops are WAY TOO close to the waist strap. Compare this with most other harnesses, BD or others. Look at how much more space between waist strap and leg straps exist on those. The Vario is too compressed and it feels it when you wear it. For this reason, this will be a harness for smaller people when I have no other harness available.

    Great Harness

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I bought this harness to use in a treestand for hunting. It has been ten times better than any harness that you could purchase in the hunting industry. I love taking products like this and crossing them over into the hunting side of things!

    Good Backup or Guest Harness

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    Fits virtually anyone, quality components. Not very comfortable for extended climbing sessions. Solid construction and will last a long time. Great addition to a canyoneering/rappelling kit. I keep it around for non-climber friends to use when I take them top-roping.

    great for groups

      This harness is simple, easy to inspect, and well built. I feel confident handing this out for rental because I know the novice climber cannot go wrong with it. It fits pretty much all sizes except the jolly green giant. and it's cheap. I wouldn't buy for my personal harness but if you needed to buy a harness or 2 for a group, this is the way to go.

      Good Harness at a Great Price

        I received my certification with a Swiss-seat (or Swiss nut cruncher) and have used many “tactical” and rescue orientated harnesses. I also have a Petzl that I use at the gym that I go to. This Black Diamond is built to high standards just like all the other Black Diamond products I’ve seen & used. The Quality is top notch and the buckles are smooth and feel secure. I have had no noticeable slippage from the straps. The webbing is wide enough that I don’t feel any cutting around my sides or my legs. The buckles are self locking so you don’t need to double them back on themselves. The “tie in point” or “clip in Point” is large, easy to get to and reinforced. This harness is perfect if you are SWAT, SRT, or some sort of first responder and or rescue person. It will also work well in your local gym or climbing wall center. If you are looking for top of the line rescue equipment, or doing outdoor rock climbing then this is not for you, but if you want a light weight, short hang time, comfortable well build harness that is at a great price, then this might be perfect for you.

        GREAT for groups

          I love these harnesses for taking out groups. I bought five and I'll probably buy five more. The speed buckle system is great and they are morecomfortable and easier to put on than any other universal fit harnes that I've tried or owned.

          No rise

            This harness looked promising for mountaineering; the wide webbing looked more comfy than the alpine bod. I figured that with the tie in point as part of the waist belt would make it easier to go pee without removing the harness or fighting with the belay loop as I do with my regular harness (I use a freshette and sometimes the harness combined with clothing layers makes it challenging to use).

            Unfortunately, the rise on this harness is practically non-existent so I returned it. Also, there is no way to undo the pre-threaded buckles so you always have to step into the harness.

            Great for Introducing New Climbers

              The harness really has one function. It is to introduce new folks to the sports of climbing, rappelling, etc. As I don't run a climbing school or anything like that, I needed a single harness that would fit a wide variety of individuals with little to know climbing experience. This harnesses has a wide adjustment range and a single tie-in point which makes it the best for that application. If I introduce someone to the sport who wants to take it up a notch, I point them towards other harnesses. Of course, I trust BD with my life and this harness has lived up to BD expectations thus far.

              Recommended, for Sure!

                I am always taking groups from 10 to 30 rock climbing and rappelling. More than half of those are usually beginners. I have been looking for a harness that would fit many sizes and would be easy to use; but of course, the most important things are dependability and safety. The Vario Speed Harness is exactly all those things. It's everything I have always wanted and more. And it looks pretty cool too.

                hellooo...... this harness. have any...

                hellooo...... this harness. have any certification ? which?.

                please ,i need to know!.


                Hello Alan,

                This harness is designed as a workhorse climbing harness for institutional settings and climbing gyms. It is UIAA certified, check out more info about that process:

                If you're looking for a harness designed and certified for rescue or rope access work, check out Petzl's professional harness line.

                I am wondering whether this would be a...

                I am wondering whether this would be a good 1st harness for somebody just starting out to sport climb? Thanks.

                Bala,I assume your looking for a mens harness??? This harness is more suited for students or gyms where the basics are being focused on, or for top roping. Sport climbing requires gear loops for your draws. I recommend the B.D. Momentum harness, its for the guys, comparable in price and has what you need, link is below. Keep in mind, climbing harnesses are alot like climbing shoes, size them appropriately. You may want to visit a local retailer that sells harnesses to make sure you get the correct fit, and please remember that hangers are not for fingers...My climbing team at school had these for years, for god's sake please don't inflict them on anyone else. They are unbelievably uncomfortable and get tangled all the time. I'm not sure why James assumed you were looking for a men's harness, but if you are, get the Momentum or Momentum AL (Adjustable Leg). If it's for a woman, the Primrose AL. There really is no good reason, in my opinion, to buy this harness

                "They are unbelievably uncomfortable and get tangled all the time"

                I second this.

                They use these in my gym and I also hate them, but they last forever (figure of speech) and that's why my gym and your climbing team has used them for years and years.